Author Archives: Day Hefner

About Day Hefner

Day Hefner is a seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC), going through the candidacy process to become an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Before moving to Chicago for seminary, she worked teaching English and job skills to refugees and immigrants in her native state of Nebraska, and also spent a year on staff at the Nebraska Synod office. Prior to that, she served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Currently, she works part-time as an itinerant preacher. Her interests include Latinx ministry and immigration activism, as well as interfaith and development/redevelopment ministry. She also has a degree in music, loves cats, and is an avid crafter.

Wells in the Wilderness

For about the last year, I have been worshiping with the community of St. Luke’s Lutheran of Logan Square — on the Sundays I haven’t been preaching elsewhere, of course.  I chose St. Luke’s because they are a vibrant and … Continue reading

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Waging Holy War with the DSM-5

CW: fatphobia, eating disorders, IWL/diet talk Introduction “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”; this was the oft-repeated mantra of the doctor who once helped me lose over 30 pounds (after having already lost 40) in a little under three … Continue reading

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Recovering Ancient Understandings of Gluttony

Book Review/Reflection for Class: The God of Thinness: Gluttony and Other Weighty Matters by Mary Louise Bringle        Mary Louise Bringle lays out her book, The God of Thinness: Gluttony and Other Weighty Matters, after the fashion of … Continue reading

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Making Space for Mystics and Madness

Here’s another bit of writing from one of my classes this semester, this one from the Pastoral Care and Mental Illness course I’ve been taking.  This particular course has had some interesting overlap with another of my classes: Desert Discipleship, which … Continue reading

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Sermon: Eyes of Faith

Thursday, April 27, 2017 James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching Event Augustana Chapel, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago My friend Anna and I were finalists for our seminary’s annual preaching prize, and we both got to preach … Continue reading

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Cancer, Evolution, and a Creation Stumbling Forward

I have been taking a particularly fascinating (and challenging!) course this semester called “The Epic of Creation: Scientific, Biblical, and Theological Perspectives on Our Origins.”  While many of our class sessions have been (to my mind) thickly scientific and technical … Continue reading

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The Disorder that Isn’t a Disorder (Except that it Totally Is)

I forgot to post this from a while back!  I wrote an article in my school’s newspaper for Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  CW: disordered eating (obvs), weight loss.  Plain text follows the images below the cut.  Enjoy!

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Sermón: Palmas y perspectivas

Domingo de ramas / Palm Sunday 9 abril, 2017 / April 9, 2017 Mateo 21:1-11 / Matthew 21:1-11 First Lutheran Church of Lutheran Square (I also submitted this sermon as an assignment for my preaching class, so I experimented with … Continue reading

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Sermon: Truth from the Margins

Third Sunday of Lent / Tercer domingo de cuaresma March 19, 2017 / 19 marzo, 2017 John 4:5-42 / Juan 4:5-42 First Lutheran Church of Lutheran Square La única cosa que le interesaba a Kenny era Bionicle – un mundo … Continue reading

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My Own Independence Day

CW: diet talk, weight loss, profanity, disordered eating . . . I quietly celebrated an important anniversary yesterday.  It’s been exactly one year since I gave up dieting and stopped trying to lose weight.  I had been resistant and afraid … Continue reading

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